As I struggle to pull together an eleventh novel, the opportunities to procrastinate seem to increase and, as I get older I wonder why I should continue writing.
To show why we should continue I have delved into the pages of my publisher.
1. Bram Stoker Stoker had written various short stories, reviews and some non fiction, however he didn’t publish his first book, The Snake’s Pass, until he was 43. Seven years later he wrote Dracula, writing another seven novels in the next fifteen years.
2. Anna Sewell Sewell only published one book – the classic Black Beauty which she began writing at aged 51, whilst in declining health. She dictated much of it to her mother, and died of hepatitis at 57, only months after her novel was published.
3. Mary Wesley An inspiration to ‘ladies of a certain age’, Wesley’s first novel for adults was Jumping the Queue, published in 1983 when she was 70 years old. Her second novel, The Camomile Lawn was published the next year.
4. Frank McCourt. McCourt started writing only when he’d retired from teaching, when his wife told him to write down his stories, rather than just telling them down the pub. His first book, Angela’s Ashes, was published when he was 66 years old.
There are more examples on completelynovel.com
Then there is procrastination which authors are exemplary at carrying out.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” Pablo Picasso
“The scholar’s greatest weakness: calling procrastination research.” Stephen King
“If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.” George Bernard Shaw
Keep at it!